13 days in Belgium & Normandy Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Mont-Saint-Michel
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Rouen, France
— 2 nights
Drive to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Fly to Asheville


Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Saint Nicholas Church, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

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Asheville, USA to Bruges is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Asheville to Bruges is 6 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Asheville in April: high temperatures in Bruges hover around 56°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

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Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and then steep yourself in history at Maison de l'Artichaut.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Brussels to Mont-Saint-Michel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In April in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

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Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rouen.
Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks
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Rouen, France — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, see the interesting displays at Fondation Claude Monet, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny.

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Getting from Bayeux to Rouen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rouen are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Belgium travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Normandy travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.